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Dame Vera Lynn at the BBC

The BBC celebrates the Forces' Sweetheart with a look back through the archives at some of her favourite performances and biggest hits.

In 2020, we said a sad farewell to Dame Vera Lynn. In a special programme, the BBC celebrates the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ with a look back through the archives at some of her favourite performances and biggest hits.

As well as the many classic songs that helped unify the nation throughout World War II, this retrospective captures a side of Dame Vera that many have forgotten about, with upbeat song-and-dance performances from her 1970s series The Vera Lynn Show, which saw her covering many popular tunes of the 60s and 70s.

We see her joining forces with a selection of fellow stars like Harry Secombe and Des O’Connor, there’s a special duet with the legendary Bing Crosby, and an unforgettable guest appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show. And of course, there are performances of the wartime favourites she made her own: The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again.

11 months left to watch

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 9 Nov 2020 23:25

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Vera Lynn

    Besame Mucho

  • 00:47

    Vera Lynn

    Thank You For The Music

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